Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is one of the most ambitious superhero movies ever made. Even though it arrives three years later as a sequel to Man of Steel, it is the movie Warner Bros. and DC are using to set up their DCEU on the big screen. And in that, it will reportedly introduce a number of iconic characters while setting up Justice League Part 1. It is also establishing a new Batman for this universe. And then there's that big fight. We also have Lex Luthor, Doomsday and Wonder Woman. Not to mention that none of the third act has been seen in trailers yet. So, is two hours and thirty one minutes enough time to cover all this ground?
So far, we've gotten three main trailers, a few TV spots and a number of sneak previews that have divulged the story little by little. The third trailer, which has never been confirmed to be the last, definitely gave us our most detailed deep dive into the movie's plot. And yesterday, a German TV spot arrived, delivering new footage. But yet, there is still so much we haven't seen or don't know, and it's suspected that the movie even hints at Green Arrow and A.R.G.U.S., leading to an even more layered story. And who knows what is happening during the climactic finale, which is said to bring all, or most, of the Justice League together.
DC Comics Movie reports that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is already available for VOD pre-order in German. Which shouldn't be too surprising. The window between theatrical and home release is narrowing by the day. The site claims that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will run 151 minutes. This is only 8 minutes longer than 2013's Man of Steel. And that was just about one superhero. Though, this runtime has not yet been confirmed, many believed we'd be getting a superhero epic that was 3 hours and change. But perhaps Warner Bros. has learned an important lesson from the gigantic runtime of The Hobbit trilogy. People simply don't want to sit in a theater that long any more.
But at that, is this enough time to tell everything that needs to be sold home in Dawn of Justice? There is less at play in Marvel's Daredevil, and it runs for 13 hours on Netflix. As of right now, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is not being made available by any of the North American online retailers. And Warner Bros. and DC have not yet confirmed this runtime. But it sounds right on the money.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is set to include cameos from Aquaman, The Flash and Cyborg. Though, it has been stated over the past year that these appearances are fleeting. And of the Justice League heroes outside of the Trinity, Aquaman has the biggest role to play. And he's only in two scenes. Ben Affleck's Batman will be walking onto the scene a seasoned vigilante. We're not sure how much of his backstory will be told, and it's assumed that a lot of the narrative will be made from what fans already know about the character. Perhaps he doesn't need much set-up in terms of screen time. But Wonder Woman, on the other hand? Gal Gadot is the first actress to ever play her on the big screen. And her history is not as well known amongst movie fans. There is no doubt she'll feel short changed here. But we're getting a solo Wonder Woman adventure in 2017, so perhaps that's okay?
It's surprising that, given every ambitious thing it has promised, that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is only 2 and a 1/2 hours long. But it is a movie after all, so perhaps this is for the best. The problem is director Zack Snyder has never proven himself to be an economic storyteller. So God only knows what this thing is going to look like when all is said and done. The problem is, 3 hours makes for a really long superhero movie. Perhaps the film is just too ambitious for its own good? We'll know this spring when the movie opens wide everywhere. What do you think? Is there just too much story here for a 151 minute movie?